puccoon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n puccoon perennial woodland native of North America having a red root and red sap and bearing a solitary lobed leaf and white flower in early spring and having acrid emetic properties; rootstock used as a stimulant and expectorant
    • n puccoon perennial plant of eastern North America having hairy foliage yielding a red or yellow pigment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Puccoon (Bot) Any one of several plants yielding a red pigment which is used by the North American Indians, as the bloodroot and two species of Lithospermum Lithospermum hirtum, and Lithospermum canescens); also, the pigment itself.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n puccoon The bloodroot, Sanguinaria Canadensis: called red puccoon. See bloodroot, 2.
    • n puccoon One of three or four American species of Lithospermum, with bright golden-yellow nearly salver-shaped flowers, and hairy surfaces. L. canescens, the hoary puccoon, is the puccoon of the Indians. L. hirtum, a rougher plant, is the hairy puccoon.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From the American Indian name

Usage

In literature:

CANADA PUCCOON, or BLOODWORT.
"The Botanical Magazine, Vol. V" by William Curtis
The blood was puccoon.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
Puccoon Yellow Shady woods; N. Y. and West.
"Harper's Young People, May 18, 1880" by Various
They stained the head and shoulder red with the juice of the puccoon.
"History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia" by Charles Campbell
They have the puccoon and musquaspen, two roots, with which the Indians use to paint themselves red.
"The History of Virginia, in Four Parts" by Robert Beverley
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